By Jesse Bertel

Learn about area artists and how they create, either at private studios or in art centers, at the Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour. The 2023 Studio Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day starting Friday, Oct. 6, through Sunday, Oct. 8.

The tour is a celebration of the arts and the artists in the quad-city area. This year, there are 61 juried artists at 45 private studios as well as an additional 30-plus artists at five art centers. Take this free, three-day opportunity to visit private artists’ studios, meet the artists, view their creative processes in a variety of mediums, and buy unique art for yourself or as gifts.

Start your self-guided route at any tour location. Maps showing all tour locations are available on the Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour website, www.prescottstudiotour.com. Most artists, either at private studios or in art centers, will be demonstrating their craft.

Steve Appel is a metalworks artist participating in the 2023 Tour. He will be available for questions at the Deanne Brewster Studio, 979 Rosye View Lane, Prescott, where his bolt people creations will be on display. He developed his unique style of art while working as a welder.

“I worked at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, and I was taking a test and I just started working with these little people,” Appel said. “Then, in 1989, I got laid off from the shipyard.”

Appel has been making bolt people ever since. He welds nuts, bolts, steel balls and other metal fasteners together to form little people doing all types of sports, hobbies and occupations. When people find out what he does for a living, they often request a piece.<br />

“When they’re buying something, they say, ‘Oh, that’s my dad or that’s my mom, or my uncle, or my doctor,’” Appel said. “I gave my dentist a piece because he did a root canal or something and it’s sitting there on his mantle. I mean, my work’s all over Prescott. I had a friend of mine go into an ophthalmologist the other day and there were two of my pieces sitting there.”

Most artists on the tour will be giving away in a drawing one of their works of art. Tickets may be purchased and used at any tour location. Proceeds from ticket sales will be used to pay for next year’s tour, as well as art programs for children in the Quad Cities. The winning tickets will be drawn after 4 p.m. on the last day of the tour.

The Studio Tour is supported in part by the City of Prescott, the Prescott Area Arts &amp; Humanities Council, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts — which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about Steve Appel, visit boltpeople.com.

For a complete list of participating artists, visit www.prescottstudiotour.com.

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